Think positive and youíll hole more
doesnít matter how well you hit the ball from tee to green,
your score wonít reflect how good you are unless you can
hole out in comparatively few shots. Likewise on days when
hitting the ball badly, you can scramble a good score
together if you can putt well. If you want to succeed at
golf try not to lose sight of those two facts. Iíve won
tournaments when my driving or irons have not been at their
best but I cannot every remember winning a tournament when I
was putting badly.
first step to becoming a good putter is to think
positive. If you believe you can hole a putt or get it
really close, then in general you will. If you believe you
are going to miss a putt or not get it near the hole, then
in general you will.
visualise the ball going in the hole, secondly, believe you
can hole it, and most importantly of all, keep telling
yourself "I am a good putter". Try it and Iím sure
youíll see with a more positive approach to your putting,
youíll surprise yourself and hole more putts. Always
remember, if you think that you are a good putter, then you
always will be ..... a good putter!
Try the chip/putt
Many people get anxious
when faced with a shot from just off the green. This anxiety
usually leads them to use their putter rather than try to
execute the chip shot.
Sometimes it is impossible to be accurate using the putter
especially when the fringe is rough or the ground uneven. If
you are one who always uses a putter, try the chip/putt for
Take a seven or six iron,
get in close over the ball as if it were a putt and use your
putter grip and set up. You should now have your eye over
the ball so the shaft is almost vertical and the clubhead
resting up on the toe. The ball will now be slightly off the
toe end of the club and this will help to deaden the hit and
give more control.
Play the shot using your
normal putting stroke ensuring that you keep your wrists
firm as in putting. You will see how the ball jumps up over
the fringe and lands on the green taking the uncertainty of
the fringe out of the shot therefore giving you more
for the target!
Week in, week out, I see
golfers not aimed at the target. Getting aligned is
difficult because when you are in your set-up position, your
eye should not be looking down
the target line, but to the left of it. Golfers tend
to aim their feet and body to the target which means that
everything is aiming to the right of where they intend the
ball to go. Let's face it, if you are not aiming at the
target, you can hardly expect the ball to go there.
A few minutes every now
and then with a couple of clubs will help to keep you in the
correct line. Place a club on the ground running parallel
with the ball-to-target-line to align your feet, knees, hips
and shoulders. Use a club to check that your body is running
parallel to your ball-to-target-line.
It is difficult to check
if your shoulders are on line, so look down and imagine a
your forearms - this should also be parallel. Get a friend
to help check your alignment with you.
You'll be surprised at how
much easier it is the hit the target when you are actually
aiming at it!
Why not book a lesson with
me now and get your aiming checked - I'm sure it will knock
shots off your score.
Adopt a Consistent Ball Position
for All Your Irons
Consistency is the main key for the
golf swing and therefore it gives good reason to do the same thing
adopting the ball position in
relation to your feet. Varying the ball position for different irons
only makes the game more complicated for the average golfer.
Unless youíre experimenting with
fades, draws, high or low shots most golfers should position the
ball about two to three inches inside the left heel for all your
irons. By being consistent with this method, you will be able to
encourage the shoulders to position naturally in the square set
If the ball gets too far forward, the
shoulders will align to the left. This promotes a steeper out to in
swing and will produce more slice spin on the ball. If the ball gets
too far back, the shoulders will tend to align to the right, giving
opposite effect, a flatter in to out
swing which will produce more hook spin on the ball.
Get into the good habit of starting
off standing directly opposite the ball with the feet together and
firstly moving the left foot 2 to 3 inches to the left to keep the
ball position consistent.